Saturday, January 10, 2009

Lentil Salad


1 cup lentils (regular or French green)
6 springs fresh parsley
Bay Leaf
Pinch of dried thyme
2 Tablespoons wine vinegar
2 scallions, minced
1 tsp dry mustard powder
salt & pepper
1/2 cup walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Soak the lentils in enough cold water to cover for 2 hours. Drain and place in a saucepan with the parsley springs, bay leaf and thyme. Add boiling water to cover, and simmer, covered for 35 to 45 minutes until tender. Drain, discard parsley and bay leaf.

In a salad bowl, whisk together the wine vinegar, scallions, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Add the oil in a stream while whisking. Add the lentils and toss to cat. Add the parsley. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve warm or cold.
Makes 4 servings

A nice vegetarian meal or side dish. You can add quartered cherry tomatoes and it looks more festive.
Weight Watchers 7 points per approximately 5 ounce serving.
339 calories, 14 grams protein, 31 grams carbohydrate, 19 grams fat, 7.6 grams fiber, no cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium.
From Eating Well for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil.

Submitted by Lynda

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